Los Angeles and San Francisco Once Again Make the Annual Top 50 List for Bed Bug Infestations
LA Testing provides laboratory testing services and easy-to-use sampling kits that utilize advanced DNA-based methods to identify the presence of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius).
Huntington Beach, CA, February 28, 2024
Orkin published its annual Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list last month and it includes two major population centers in California. The highest ranking California city on the list was Los Angeles (5th) followed by the San Francisco (41st). The list was compiled from bed bug data for residential and commercial treatments from the pest control company’s operations spanning December 1st of 2022 through November 30th of 2023.
Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed on the blood.......[Read More]
California Adopts Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers from Respirable Crystalline Silica
LA Testing offers industrial hygiene and environmental testing services and monitoring equipment to identify crystalline silica and other airborne pollutants to protect workers and to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 26, 2024
This past December, the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board had approved an emergency temporary standard on respirable crystalline silica to protect workers from silicosis.
According to the DIR announcement:
Cal/OSHA proposed the emergency temporary standard to protect workers in the stone fabrication industry from silicosis. Workers who breathe in silica particles can develop silicosis - an incurable,.......[Read More]
EPA Provides Over $1.8 Million to South Los Angeles for Wildfire Smoke Preparedness
LA Testing offers air quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate respiratory exposure risks associated with wildfire smoke.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 21, 2024 Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had selected a non-profit community organization in Los Angeles to receive over $1,880,000 in grant funds to enhance wildfire smoke preparedness and protection in local communities. The grant will help protect the people of South Los Angeles from wildfire smoke by strengthening preparedness infrastructure in an economic development project and community space in the area, and using the site as the launch pad for a grassroots.......[Read More]
Food Company in California Recalls Cheese Distributed Nationwide Due to Potential Listeria Contamination
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, and other pathogens and contaminants to help prevent foodborne illnesses and costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 19, 2024 Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the recall of hundreds of cases of Aged Cotija Mexican Grating Cheese by a cheese manufacturer in the San Joaquin Valley. The recall occurred after routine sampling by the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Food and Drug Branch revealed the product contained Listeria monocytogenes. According to the recall notice, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in.......[Read More]
Southern California Residents Advised of Possible Health and Safety Issues Following Flood Damage
LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, inspection tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) to identify and mitigate microbial and chemical exposure risks following flood damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 15, 2024 This week, Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency in the City of San Diego. The proclamation followed the 4th wettest day on record and the wettest January ever recorded. All of the rain brought widespread flooding and property damage to San Diego and other parts of Southern California. As the region begins to dry out, property owners and tenants are faced with cleaning up the mess and filing insurance claims. This is also an important time for residents of flooded communities to.......[Read More]
Identifying 1,4-Dioxane to Protect California Residents and Workers
LA Testing provides industrial hygiene and environmental laboratory testing services, sampling supplies and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks to chemical and microbial hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 13, 2024 1,4-Dioxane is described by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as a likely human carcinogen that is highly mobile and persistent in water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also warns that 1,4-dioxane has been found in groundwater at sites throughout the United States and that it does not readily biodegrade in the environment. The chemical compound is used in a number of industries, primarily as a solvent in the manufacture of chemicals and as a laboratory.......[Read More]
Burst Pipe in Compton Courthouse Results in Property Damage and Potential Exposure Concerns
LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify mold, bacteria, asbestos, lead and other possible exposure risks following water damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 9, 2024 In early January, the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles announced the Compton Courthouse would be closed until further notice due to a burst pipe that happened over a weekend. Major flooding resulted which left the elevators, stairwells and lobby inaccessible. Unfortunately, cases like this happen all too regularly in government, institutional, commercial and even residential properties. In fact, water damage from a burst pipe is a leading source of property damage in.......[Read More]
Tustin to Proceed with Testing for Lead and Asbestos Following California Hangar Fire
LA Testing offers environmental, industrial hygiene and material testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) to identify and mitigate exposure risks to a wide range of hazardous and regulated substances.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 8, 2024 Following the November fire of a large wooden hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station, the City of Tustin recently announced it would proceed with exterior soil and interior air and dust sampling for asbestos and lead. City officials made the announcement in late December and reported that more information would be shared with residents. When the fire first occurred, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) warned residents that it had collected and analyzed air and ash samples.......[Read More]